Police confirm body of missing transgender teen found near Hart Park

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield police confirm search crews found the body of a missing transgender teen Saturday near Hart Park. 
 
Jai Bornstein, 19, was last seen Tuesday morning, Dec. 27, around 10 a.m. in a southwest Bakersfield neighborhood near Ming Avenue and Gosford Road. 
 
Her father said Friday she left the house with the intent of committing suicide. He said she took his gun when she left their home.
 
Investigators say Bornstein was dropped off at the park by an Uber driver, who told them she walked directly to the river.
 
The search intensified Friday as BPD, KCSO, Kern River Rangers and members of Kern County's gay and lesbian community teamed up to try to find Jai Bornstein.
 
Law enforcement search and rescue used all-terrain vehicles to reach more remote parts of Hart Park.
     
While canine units from the search and rescue teams scanned the river banks. Volunteers from the community joined family and friends to cover the southern bank of the river, where Jai was last seen.
 
If you, or someone you know is suicidal, depressed or suffers from anxiety, Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery services has a 24-7 hotline. The number is 1-800-991-5272.
 

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